Organizers of the 3rd Annual Chaps & Spurs Country Festival, set for Aug 16 and 17, have announced several acts including headliners the Hunter Brothers, and The Road Hammers. Lead festival organizer Joe Garon, along with radio personalities from Windsor’s Country 95.9 & 92.7, made the announcement during a sold out Chaps & Spurs Country Festival kick off concert at the Essex Recreation Complex of Saturday night (March 2).
The concert featured Eric Ethridge with special guests Buck Twenty, and a surprise appearance by Bob Quick’s Blues Brothers Dance Revue. In addition, the event featured a raffle with proceeds benefiting Autism Ontario, and attendees were invited to bring their Windsor’s Country 95.9 & 92.7 sign, and/or wear Windsor’s Country swag for a chance to win prizes.
Bob Quick’s Blues Brothers Dance Revue, a late surprise, quick 20 minute show opener, was mainly Blues. However, they brought some fun Country music to their set, opening the show, when they came rollin’, rollin’, rollin’ onto stage performing the Theme from Rawhide while riding their horse props. The crowd went wild as they sang and danced along the entire set. Complete with a horns section this was one fun Blues Brothers Tribute. Judging from this short performance their full show must be exciting to see.
Harrow boys, country band Buck Twenty, thrilled the crowd with a hometown performance. The band had the crowd up on their feet dancing and cheering while playing original tracks along with some popular cover songs. The band sang about “those friends who have stopped you from making dumb decisions”, one example they gave is when they stop you from “drunk texting.” The band has new music set to be released on a yet to be named upcoming EP. They played three of the new songs, which will be included on their new release, to the delight of the crowd. The tracks included Cut Me Off, Last Night’s Blue Jeans, and Drink To That. The band will finish recording the new EP over the next couple of weeks. Once complete they will decide on and announce a release date.
Rising Canadian Country Music Star Eric Ethridge, a Sarnia native, returned to Windsor Essex and thrilled the sold out crowd. Many locals have seen Eric perform several times in this region, at the McGregor International Beer Festival on a small intimate stage, and on a medium sized stage at the 2018 Chaps and Spurs Country Festival. This was the the first time for many locals experiencing him on a larger stage. Along with his awesome band, they blew the crowd away. Late last summer Eric quit his Chiropractor career to pursue Country Music full time and he’s destined for big success. In fact, he’s already on his way. In January he moved to Nashville, and his hit California, a Country Music version and cover of Canadian pop band Wave’s 2001 hit, went Top 40 on radio in 2018 and was the #6 most streamed country song the year. Late last year Eric signed with the music company ole’s Red Dot label.
During the show Eric played some of his new music which the crowd loved, including the first song he wrote in Nashville called, Still About You. His band each took turns performing solo featuring wicked drum, guitar, and fiddle performances. The crowd went wild when Eric deviated from Country, telling them he likes to do sing alongs during his shows, busting out a little rock with some Bon Jovi and Journey mixed in. When Eric held the microphone out the crowd shouted out the lyrics to the songs, among them, “woah, we’re half way there, woah, livin’ on a prayer.” The crowd had fun singing along when Eric played his Country Music take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’s TV theme song by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince.
One of the highlights of the show, and definitely for audience member Tianna Towriss, was when Eric pulled her up on stage while he sang his hit cover of Dan + Shay’s Tequila. This was Tianna’s first concert and she told us the experience “was insane!” Going on stage with Eric “took my breath away,” she says. She is a fan of a lot of Eric’s songs, and Tequila is her favourite song on the radio right now. Tianna didn’t realize that it was Eric Ethridge in concert until a few hours before the show. Her friend, Catarina Da Silva, who also saw Eric Ethridge at Chaps & Spurs last summer, invited her out for the night. While this was thrilling for Tianna, it was evident that Eric Ethridge was just as thrilled to know his version of Tequila is her favourite song.
Eric loves and appreciates his fans, he interacted with them throughout the show taking lots of time to shake hands and give high fives to them. His ability to connect with and involve the audience makes his performances fun. One highlight involved Eric getting the left side of the audience, then the right side, to call out “shots, shots, shots, shots,” while performing Liquor’s Callin’ The Shots for his final song. The crowd cheered not only for that final song but for an encore. To the audiences’ delight the band returned, Eric asking, “is it okay if we do another song?”
Just before Eric Ethridge took the stage, festival organizers and 95.9 FM / 92.7 FM chose winners of their “Windsor’s Country Sign” contest and announced the lineup for the upcoming 2019 Chaps and Spurs Country Festival.
People dressed in Windsor’s Country 95.9 and 92.7 swag or their own homemade Country style clothing along with signs were pulled onto the stage. The winners were selected based on audience applause. Ultimately, it was decided that everyone who participated won. They all received tickets to 2019 Chaps and Spurs Country Festival. In addition, a 50/50 draw was held with proceeds benefiting Autism Ontario, a non-profit, festival organizers proudly support.
The Hunter Brothers, and The Road Hammers were announced as this year’s headliners for the festival.
Four-time CCMA Award nominees and three-time SCMA Award winners, the Hunter Brothers, make a stop in their busy schedule to headline the Chaps & Spurs Country Fest on Friday, August 16.
Fresh off the release of their chart-climbing album State of Mind, the Hunter Brothers just completed their first nationwide tour this past winter, “The Journey Tour 2019”.
Lost, the first single and corresponding video from State of Mind had an impressive debut as the #1 Selling Canadian Single the week of Nov 12, and it was the #1 Most Added at Canadian Country Radio in the last week of November. Featuring the brothers’ brilliant harmonies, it captures the excitement of being “lost” in a new and overwhelming love.
The must-see group of brothers was born and raised in Shaunavon, SK. Luke, J.J., Ty, Brock and Dusty — a.k.a. The Hunter Brothers – grew up caring about three things: hockey, music and farming. When they weren’t working the fields, the five siblings spent summers singing gospel across Canada and the U.S., while winters were for hockey, playing for the likes of Kelowna Rockets and, eventually, the Edmonton Oilers. Following their debut album release, the brothers have been keeping the family tradition alive: hitting the road when they’re not riding the tractor, at times ballooning to as many as 21 family members in the same bus.
Some of their biggest hits will be performed at Chaps & Spurs including Lost, El Dorado, Getaway, Those Were The Nights, Long Way To Love You, and Born and Raised.
The Road Hammers
The highest selling Canadian country band in history, The Road Hammers, will headline the Chaps & Spurs Country Festival on Saturday, August 17. Known for their truly synergistic blend of classic rock meets country, The Road Hammers’ trademark is putting on the biggest and best live show.
Led by front man Jason McCoy (19 CCMA Award Nominations, 5 Juno Award nominations Male Country Vocalist of the Year and 2006 CMA winner of the Global Artist of the Year Award), along with band mates Clayton Bellamy and Chris Byrne, The Road Hammers are one of Canada’s most decorated artists of all-time.
Awards and Accomplishments
JUNO Award win for Country Recording of the Year (The Road Hammers), and nomination in 2015 for Wheels.
The Road Hammers self-titled album certified Platinum, and single, Mud, certified Gold, in Canada.
2005 & 2006 CCMA Group for Duo of the Year.
Five Top 10 and nine Top 20 radio hits in Canada including Your Love Is The Drug, Girl On The Billboard, Mud, Get On Down The Road, One Horse Town w/ Tim Hicks, and their 2017 smash hit, Crazy About You.
During the Chaps and Spurs Country Festival Kickoff Concert the following acts have been announced so far:
Friday, August 16
Ryan Connolly & The Mud Slingers
And more to be announced.
Saturday, August 17
The Road Hammers
And more to be announced